I have shared a lot of good parenting tips with you throughout the years. Mostly about what not to do, but still, that counts as valuable information.
So as your honest friend and trusted adviser, I feel obliged to share my latest and most important discovery with you:
VOLUNTEERING IS FOR SUCKERS.
Now wait for it--hear all of those people disagreeing? Those people tsk tsking and saying that's not true and that volunteering is rewarding and fun and totally worth it?
LET THEM DO IT.
Reading books is rewarding, fun and totally worth it. Going to the beach is rewarding, fun and totally worth it. Getting a pedicure is rewarding, fun and totally worth it. Shopping without kids around is rewarding, fun and totally worth it. Hanging out with your own kids is rewarding, fun and totally worth it.
Dealing with other people's kids for free? Not so much.
Yeah, you have to do something if you want to be a good mom. So show up for the class parties, donate some paper plates (if you bring Zoo Pals you'll be an instant celebrity) and call it a day.
You'll be the tannest, smartest mom there.
And I know--a lot of you will have to learn the hard way regardless of this Public Service Announcement because that's how you roll but eventually you will think back to this post, know that I was completely right and go to great lengths to keep your phone number away from the PTA directory in the future.